Introducing

Diversity in your workplace, supplier base, and community investment has the power to build brands, add value, and change lives.

 

Let me show you how.

CREDENTIALS & CAPABILITIES

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

TOOLS & TECHNIQUES

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.

— Henry van Dyke

Together It’s Possible

Arias Solutions was formed to specialize in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in all aspects of business operations. My unique background offers insight and a judicious voice into related legal and public affairs matters as well.

I graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor of arts in political science, earned a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, and completed Harvard Business School’s customized marketing program for cable executives. I practiced law, ran cable systems, and built a best in class D&I program. I understand the challenges involved in D&I and I’m prepared to help you move past them.

Maria

Success Formula

A proven methodology that makes the complex simple.

 

Stakeholders

A 360 degree understanding of D&I’s impact on brand equity.

 

Holistic Model

We work company-wide or within a single business unit.

 

Success Formula

My proven formula for success is simple and straight forward. Clients who have embraced this vision find it to be clear, compelling, and easy to communicate across their organizations.

Stakeholder Impact

To customize a robust Diversity and Inclusion program for any client, it’s critical to identify and understand key stakeholders — both inside and outside the organization. Such an approach ensures that a strong framework and strategies that will work in your organization are included into any overall solution.

Holistic Model

This unique model was designed to provide clients with a 360 degree perspective of their organizations. Three foundational pillars are put in place to fully support customized Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Importantly, policies, processes, and key metrics provide the critical data, information, and insights for leadership and teams.

Success Formula

My proven formula for success is simple and straight forward. Clients who have embraced this vision find it to be clear, compelling, and easy to communicate across all levels of their organizations.

Stakeholder Impact

To customize a robust diversity and inclusion program for any client, it’s critical to identify and understand key stakeholders — both inside and outside the organization. Such an approach ensures that diverse knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors will be included into any overall solution.

Holistic Model

Our unique model was designed to provide clients with a 360 degree perspective of their organizations. Three foundational pillars are put in place to fully support customized diversity and inclusion initiatives. Importantly, process and outcome measures provide the critical data, information, and insights for leadership and teams.

Maria designed and executed a world-class diversity and inclusion strategy and program that was aligned with business imperatives and that transformed the culture of a complex business enterprise.

Gilbert F. Casellas
Chair, Hispanic Advisory Council
Comcast Corporation Joint Diversity Council

 

Maria Arias is a seasoned business executive who brings solid judgment, clear-eyed realism and integrity to every project she undertakes. She is an expert in creating and growing infrastructure to support diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. She understands the legal landscape and will help clients avoid potential pitfalls. Maria sees around corners and has a talent for using data to educate, elevate and execute. She is tireless and results-oriented. No one will work harder for her clients.

Charisse Lillie
Principal, CRL Consulting
Former SVP Community Investment, Comcast Corporation

Diversity in the workplace can be a challenge to most companies and many have tried and failed. While working with Maria, there was a clear roadmap to our success each step of the way. She is an incredible leader and motivator who can work with all stakeholders required to create lasting change in a corporate environment. I have seen firsthand what a successful D&I program needs and what it takes to make the program a real benefit and not a cost.

Ken Lee
Immediate Past President of the Organization of Chinese Americans
Former UPS Executive

 

I've had the great privilege of entrusting critical law and government affairs work to Maria on two occasions. Both times she exceeded all expectations. She builds diversity and morale on her teams, while achieving difficult results in challenging business environments. She sets high expectations, but is fun to work with. She builds bridges, but knocks down obstacles. I'm happy to recommend Maria for your toughest assignments.

Rick Bailey
Principal, Rick Bailey Law
Former General Counsel, AT&T Broadband

 

I was privileged to work with Maria at both AT&T Broadband and Adelphia Communications. She’s a talented senior executive with a broad skill set including legal and public policy advocacy, program management and operations. Maria is easy to work with, well organized, a collaborative team leader, focused and results-oriented. She holds herself and her team accountable to high standards of performance, ethics and collaboration. She is genuinely committed to inclusion and diversity - for solid business reasons - and has a deep understanding of how to improve inclusion and diversity in complex organizations.

Ron Cooper
Former Chief Executive Officer
Clear Channel Outdoor Americas

 

Maria is a proven strategy expert, she is a people leader first. A mother of five, sibling to three, and mentor to countless young (and not so young) professionals, Maria knows quite a lot about people; what drives them to act, what deflates and demotivates, and what inspires a team to be their best. Her ability to survey, develop, coach, and build talent is second to none.

Ebonne Ruffins
Vice President, Local Media Development
Comcast Corporation

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D&I Consulting
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Strategy, Analysis, Research, Benchmarking, and Best Practices
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Training and Programmatic Support for Execution of Initiatives
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Public and Corporate Speaking on D&I
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Diverse Vendor & Supplier Relationships
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Diverse Community Partnerships
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National Network of Connections and Resources

Alone we can do so little;

together we can do so much.

~Helen Keller

Contact Me

Phone: 303-618-2162

Email: maria@arias-solutions.com

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